Developed in association with the
Indiana University Digital Library Program,
the Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database documents more than a half-century of opera, operetta, and
musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States. The database traces performance programming from
early live presentations on experimental TV stations to current productions released on broadcast
and closed circuit television, various cable forms, webcasts and home video.
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Photo: Metropolitan Opera Archives
NBC Television Studio, Radio City, New York, March 10, 1940. The Metropolitan Opera on TV for the first time
performing an abridged version of Pagliacci. Photo shows Hilda Burke (Nedda), George Cehanovsky (Silvio),
and conductor Frank St. Leger.